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KNEEFIT ACL Rehab & Training

Since 1985, The BRIDGE team have specialized in the rehabilitation of ACL tears from the acute phase to return to competition. With a fully equipped gym and turf space, we are uniquely equipped to progress patients from the initial injury to return to sport or activity.

Acute Injury Assessment

Injured your knee? Book in to have your knee assessed by our KNEEFIT team and get clarity on where to start your rehab process.

Rehab & Training

Work through the phases of our evidence based KNEEFIT rehab program to take the guesswork out of your rehab and return to your activity with confidence.

Return-to-sport testing

Are you ready to go back to your sport? Book in to have your strength & movement skills assessed and reduce your risk for re-injury.

Injury Prevention

Prevent injury & improve performance. We design Team & Individual KNEEFIT programs to safely reduce the risk of knee injury.

WHAT OUR PATIENTS AND ATHLETES ARE SAYING

Very knowledgeable team. They brought my son back from a complete ACL repair to being able to run again. Lots of dedication to each client and their individual rehabilitation story. These Physiotherapists are the BEST.
Kim Mills

I have been going to the Bridge for about 2 years now. I have worked with Melissa, Steve and Megan throughout my recovery (ACL reconstruction surgery). I have had and continue to have a wonderful experience here. Everyone is very knowledgable and friendly.
Andrea Thorsen

ACL Acute Injury Assessment

Did you know…

  • Evaluation of the ACL should be performed immediately after an injury if possible, but is often limited by swelling and pain. When performed properly, a complete knee examination is more than 80 percent sensitive for an ACL injury.
Diagnosing and treating ACL injuries since 1985, THE BRIDGE knows knees. Your initial exam includes:
  • A complete documentation of your present injury as well any past injuries
  • An individualized, hands on examination of your knee to determine:
a. Extent of knee swelling
b. Ligament testing to determine stability
c. Cartilage/Meniscus testing
d. Evaluation of other knee structures as necessary
  • Referral for further investigation as required
Many professionals are now recommending that patients, at least initially, forgo surgery and try more conservative rehabilitation through physiotherapy, movement and strength training. Recovery after surgery often requires 9-12 months of intensive physiotherapy with strength and neuromuscular conditioning.
If you are a recreational athlete and don’t mind adjusting your activities to avoid high risk requirements, the non-surgical approach may be best for you.
The KNEEFIT ACL rehab program at The Bridge has been developed through decades of clinical experience rehabbing serious knee injuries and continues to be informed by current research.
We specialize in providing patients with a full spectrum of care, from acute rehab right after injury to prehab before surgery to post-surgical recovery and return-to-sport strength & conditioning.
With a fully equipped gym and turf space, we are uniquely equipped to progress patients to end-stage rehab and sport-specific training to simulate the unique demands of your sport.
When you are discharged, it’s our goal that you are stronger, more resilient and a better athlete than before your injury.

Our ACL REHAB services are offered at:

  • The Bridge – Sherwood Park
  • The Bridge in Millennium Place
  • The Bridge – South Edmonton
  • The Bridge – Lethbridge

Did you know…

  • Pivoting sport athletes who pass specific criteria prior to return to sport have 4–6 times lower risk for re-injury
  • Athletes who pass Return to Sport testing have a 84% lower re-injury rate. Athletes who failed any of the return to sport criteria were more likely to sustain a new knee injury.
  • With every 1% increase in quads strength, risk for re-injury decreases by 3%

ACL Injury Rehab & Training

The KNEEFIT ACL rehab program at The Bridge has been developed through decades of clinical experience rehabbing serious knee injuries and continues to be informed by current research.

Full continuum of care

We are here for our patients every step of the way through our multidisciplinary team approach. From prehab and post-surgical recovery with a physio to sport-specific strength training with our coaches to psychology services to help process the mental impacts of a serious knee injury, we support our patients all the way from injury to full recovery.

Phase-based Rehab

Our phase-based rehab process is embedded with objective and
subjective testing based on recent ACL rehabilitation research. We use these measures to take the guesswork out of your rehab and inform our decision of when we can safely and efficiently progress athletes into the next phase of our protocol.
When you are discharged, it’s our goal that you are stronger, more resilient and a better athlete than before your injury.

A facility to meet the needs of any athlete

To properly return to activity post-ACL injury, you need to simulate and train in the same way you’ll play. Our facility features a fully-equipped gym to build strength and a large turf area to progress back to higher-level movement with speed/agility training.

Did you know…

  • Pivoting sport athletes who pass specific criteria prior to return to sport have 4–6 times lower risk for re-injury
  • Athletes who pass Return to Sport testing have a 84% lower re-injury rate. Athletes who failed any of the return to sport criteria were more likely to sustain a new knee injury.
  • With every 1% increase in quads strength, risk for re-injury decreases by 3%
The KNEEFIT ACL rehab program at The Bridge has been developed through decades of clinical experience rehabbing serious knee injuries and continues to be informed by current research.

Full continuum of care

We are here for our patients every step of the way through our multidisciplinary team approach. From prehab and post-surgical recovery with a physio to sport-specific strength training with our coaches to psychology services to help process the mental impacts of a serious knee injury, we support our patients all the way from injury to full recovery.

Phase-based Rehab

Our phase-based rehab process is embedded with objective and
subjective testing based on recent ACL rehabilitation research. We use these measures to take the guesswork out of your rehab and inform our decision of when we can safely and efficiently progress athletes into the next phase of our protocol.
When you are discharged, it’s our goal that you are stronger, more resilient and a better athlete than before your injury.

A facility to meet the needs of any athlete

To properly return to activity post-ACL injury, you need to simulate and train in the same way you’ll play. Our facility features a fully-equipped gym to build strength and a large turf area to progress back to higher-level movement with speed/agility training.

Did you know…

  • Pivoting sport athletes who pass specific criteria prior to return to sport have 4–6 times lower risk for re-injury
  • Athletes who pass Return to Sport testing have a 84% lower re-injury rate. Athletes who failed any of the return to sport criteria were more likely to sustain a new knee injury.
  • With every 1% increase in quads strength, risk for re-injury decreases by 3%

Remote Online Programming

Every athlete deserves high quality care after an ACL injury.
Our online programming brings world class rehab and training programs directly to you, no matter where you live. Gain 1-on-1 access to our therapists/coaches, individualized return-to-sport programming, and connect with a community of likeminded athletes.

ACL Injury Prevention Program

Did you know…

  • Gender differences have been found in motion patterns, positions, and muscular forces that put women at a higher risk for serious knee injuries
  • There is robust evidence for the advantages of exercise-based knee injury prevention programs, including reduction in risk for all knee injuries and for ACL injuries specifically, with little risk of adverse events and minimal cost
Running and jumping. Planting and pivoting. You rely on your knees for power, agility, strength, balance, and speed in every sport.
Unfortunately, knee injuries are extremely common among athletes at all levels. Damage to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is serious – and has the potential to be career ending.
Based on latest research, our KNEEFIT programs teach athletes and coaches the techniques and exercises to help prevent injuries and improve performance for athletes of all levels..

TEAM KNEEFIT PREVENTION PROGRAM

Team KNEEFIT is a 90-minute information and teaching session for teams of all levels & sports along with their coaching staff and trainers to help identify athletes at high risk through video analysis and to teach exercises designed to help prevent ACL knee injuries.

Individual Kneefit Prevention Training

Individual athletes can work with our team of physios and strength coaches to reduce the risk of injury and build strength through an individualized 6-week training program. Included is a detailed video risk assessment, 1-on-1 training sessions, a home exercise program and re-testing at the end of the program.

ACL Return to Sport Testing

If you’re not testing, you’re guessing. Many athletes feel uncertain about returning to competition after an ACL injury, even if they have been approved to go back. We provide comprehensive testing protocols for strength, functional movement patterns, and psychological testing to get you back to to your sport with full confidence.
Our phase-based rehab process is embedded with objective and subjective testing based on recent ACL rehabilitation research. We use these measures to take the guesswork out of your rehab and inform our decision of when we can safely and efficiently progress athletes into the next phase of our protocol.

Did you know…

  • Improved psychological readiness, assessed preoperatively and during early rehabilitation, was shown to increase the odds of return to preinjury level sport participation after ACLR

Common Questions

How long will it take before I’m back to my sport?

Like most recoveries, it will vary based on your injury and goals for your recovery. A general timeline would see about 9-12 months post-surgery before returning to sport, but this estimate can and will shift based on the individual nature of your injury, objective & subjective testing, your return-to-sport goals, and many other factors.

How do strength coaches factor into my rehab plan?

We set out to bridge the gap between rehab and performance by taking our patients through a full continuum of care. Once we’ve been able to restore range of motion and strength back to the muscles around your knee, many of our patients move on to work with our strength coaches to build the long term resilience and strength necessary to avoid re-injury.

What can I expect from my first session?

Your first session will include a detailed assessment of your history, background, and goals moving forward. This extra time lets us get a holistic view of your pain or limitation to better inform your recovery. After we assess you, we will build a training program to get you on the road to your goals.

Will ACL injury prevention guarantee that I’ll avoid a serious knee injury?

Unfortunately, no. Even with a sophisticated knee injury prevention program, there is no guarantee for avoiding an ACL injury, but we can significantly reduce the risk of injury by optimizing movement patterns, developing strength in muscles around the knee and managing training volume.

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